by Merry Bruns
"Anthro-journalism", a term first coined in the 1980's, describes the blending of anthropologist and journalistic skills, and offers each the best of both fields.
Journalists need to know the "5 W's and an H" - who, what, when, where, why,and how - and the anthropologist is in a position to supply many of the answers. In 1987, Susan Allen (Kansas State University) wrote that journalists could gain a crucial sense of perspective from adapting some of the anthropologist's skills.
Cultural anthropologists utilize a holistic perspective when studying human behavior. They ask why events occur based on comparative studies of similar people. A journalist, covering news events for the media, might not go into that area in depth, because of time constraints, and because of the nature of news reportage.
Combining journalistic news sense with an anthropological perspective produces writing sthat gathers more than just "the facts", and provides readers with much more meaning behind the information. Randolph Fillmore discusses Anthro-Journalism in more depth.
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